Published by Scholastic Press
When Eliza Hart, the most popular girl at Ventana Ranch boarding school, is found dead on the cliffs outside her dormitory, Ellie Sokoloff is determined to figure out what happened to her. After all, Eliza was Ellie’s childhood best friend.
Never mind that ever since Ellie arrived at school Eliza has spread terrible rumors about her, calling her a liar and a stalker, when all Ellie wanted to do was rekindle their old friendship. Or that Ellie’s claustrophobia limits where she can go and what she can do. Or that Ellie’s suitemate, Sam, is the only one who will help her . . . because to everyone else, Ellie looks like the top suspect.
Can Ellie clear her name and solve the mystery behind Eliza’s death? Her hunt for the truth will uncover secrets she never imagined, sending her deep into her own memories of her childhood with Eliza Hart.
New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Sheinmel delivers a gripping mystery and a sensitive and moving examination of the secrets that can hold us back—and even destroy us.
I was born in Stanford, California, and even though I moved across the country to New York when I was six years old, I still think of myself as a California girl.
Like so many writers, I grew up loving books. I loved stories so much that when there was nothing to read, I wrote my own stories just to give myself something to read. And when there was no pen and paper to be had, I made up stories and acted them out by myself. I played all the parts, and I was never bored.
What is on your nightstand?
In addition to a very, very old clock radio, lip balm, a Chewbacca figurine, and a lamp….books, of course! Usually more than one. There’s almost always a copy of The Collected Letters of Ernest Hemingway (I read a letter almost every day), whatever book I’m currently reading (right now, The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman), and whatever book (or books) I plan to read after that. My TBR pile usually overflows from my nightstand onto the floor beside it. (At the moment, there are about twenty books on the floor beside my nightstand. My TBR pile tends to get out of control.)
What author would you totally fan?
I can’t pick just one! Here are a few to start with: Joan Didion, Alice Hoffman (I actually have gushed over her in person), Jandy Nelson, Ann Patchett, Rainbow Rowell, J.K. Rowling (pretty sure I would burst into tears if I met her). And if time travel is an option, then definitely Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and J.R.R. Tolkien.
What makes you cringe?
Anything related to animals in pain, especially dogs.
Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
A little of both. I love a good outline, but I try not to be too attached to my outline, either. Sometimes the story needs a scene or a chapter I didn’t anticipate, and sometimes a plot point that I planned just doesn’t work.
Is there a word you love to use?
I don’t know if there’s a particular word I overuse, but I definitely overuse one particular type of punctuation—the semi-colon. (I also love a good em dash.)
Also, if you have any pictures of your pet you would like to share, please attach them. My readers love animals!
Unfortunately, my pup is a little camera shy!
3 winners will receive a finished copy of R.I.P. ELIZA HART, US Only.
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